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Mike Jones/Penn Jillette: The Show Before The Show

Read "The Show Before The Show" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

If you travel to Sin City and visit the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino at the appointed time, you'll find legendary duo Penn & Teller entertaining a packed house in their namesake theater with their signature blend of magic and humor. But if you get there forty-five minutes early, you get so much more with the ...


Pianist and Educator Jimmy Amadie Passes Away at Age 76 After Long Battle with Cancer

Pianist and Educator Jimmy Amadie Passes Away at Age 76 After Long Battle with Cancer

Jimmy Amadie, the celebrated jny: Philadelphia pianist and educator known for his contributions in improvisational jazz theory, passed away on December 10, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA. He was 76. His death comes after being diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007. Amadie was known not only for his supreme musicality, but also for his unrelenting fighting spirit. As ...


Mike Jones Trio: Plays Well with Others

Read "Plays Well with Others" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Pianist Mike Jones not only Plays Well with Others, he plays well--period. Using a sharp, two-fisted style that hearkens back to Dave McKenna, Dick Hyman and even Earl Hines, undergirded by a buoyant melodicism worthy of Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan or his namesake Hank Jones, it's clear there's not much that Jones can't accomplish musically with ...


Joe Holt: In the Spirit of Dave McKenna

Read "In the Spirit of Dave McKenna" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

The late Dave McKenna (1930-2008) belonged to a group of pianists that include Ralph Sutton (1922-2001), Dick Wellstood (1927-1987) and the very much alive Dick Hyman. These are durable, traditional jazz pianists, well-versed in stride, with enormous genre and technical vocabularies. McKenna recorded many enjoyable discs for the Concord and Arbors labels and deserves the acknowledgement ...


Sam Stephenson: A "Loft-y" Vision of Jazz

Read "Sam Stephenson: A "Loft-y" Vision of Jazz" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

When, in 1997, writer, scholar, and archivist Sam Stephenson serendipitously came across audio tapes, photographs and other documents involving jazz musicians congregating in photographer W. Eugene Smith's Manhattan loft in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he was surprised as anyone. The wall of cartons had been unopened since before Smith's death in 1978. Stephenson and ...


Take Five With Mathias Claus

Read "Take Five With Mathias Claus" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Mathias Claus:

Jazz pianist Mathias Claus, born 1956 in Waiblingen nearby Stuttgart, Germany. Education as jazz pianist at Musikhochschule Hamburg, diploma with excellence in 1989. Further studies at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA, plus classical studies with Shigeko Takeya and others.

Mathias Claus started collaborating on recordings with ...


Benny Goodman: Benny Goodman Yale University Archives Volume 1

Read "Benny Goodman Yale University Archives Volume 1" reviewed by Andrew Velez

The sound of the opener is unmistakable; it's the familiar, driving urgency of Benny Goodman's clarinet, which made him the undisputed “King of Swing," heard again in all its electrifying glory on “Sweet Georgia Brown," the 1967 take which opens this collection. Recorded live in New York's old Rainbow Grill, Goodman is in solid company with ...


Marian McPartland: Living Through the History

Read "Marian McPartland: Living Through the History" reviewed by Maxwell Chandler

Marian McPartland, whose personal artistic history is deeply entwined with that of jazz, continues writing, touring and educating. Following her muse, she has encountered a who's who of jazz while leaving her own indelible mark on the music. Her radio program, Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, is the longest running show on National Public Radio, and she ...


Mort Weiss: All Too Soon - A Jazz Duet For Clarinet and Seven String Guitar

Read "Mort Weiss: All Too Soon - A Jazz Duet For Clarinet and Seven String Guitar" reviewed by Samuel Chell

Mort Weiss
All Too Soon: A Jazz Duet for Clarinet and Seven String Guitar
SMS Jazz

Not the least of this album's attractions is the title. To those few listeners familiar with the tune, “All Too Soon" might summon up one of Duke Ellington's more obscure compositions, were it ...


Dave McKenna: Master Jazz Pianist Dies

Dave McKenna: Master Jazz Pianist Dies

Dave McKenna was widely regarded as one of the all-time legends of the jazz piano, but often shunned the spotlight to live and work on the Cape. McKenna, who was 78 when he died yesterday in Pennsylvania from lung cancer, is widely regarded among jazz musicians as one of the best jazz pianists ever to play. Born ...